Francis Okongo, the Cancer Registrar of Gulu Cancer Registry told URN in an interview that Cancer Registries should be established in all the regions so that the regional variations in cancer incidents can be taken care of.
Government has been tasked to establish Cancer Registries in all
the regions across Uganda.
Currently, there are only two registries in Uganda in Kampala and
Gulu Cancer registries. For Kampala Registry, it only covers Kyadondo
County while Gulu Registry covers Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya, and Omoro.
Francis Okongo, the Cancer Registrar of Gulu Cancer Registry says
that the regional registries are important because it helps that particular
region to come up with a targeted intervention according to the burden of
Cancer in that particular region.
A population-based Cancer Registry registers all Cancer
cases in a well-defined geographical location, to monitor the incident of
Cancer in the region like; the common type of Cancer, the ages affected the
most, in order to come up with an intervention by the various stakeholders.
William Onyai, the Gulu District Health Educator revealed that for Gulu
District, has statistics on Cancer collected from various Health Centres that
are able to diagnose it. Hesaid they keep the statistics in the District
Health Management Information System.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Communications Officer in the Ministry of
Health revealed that plans are underway to establish Regional Cancer Centres
across the country. He added that the Centres will ensure that accurate data on
Cancer incidents are captured.
According to Cancer report of 2016 by the Gulu Cancer Registry; out of the
total population of 771,514 in Amuru, Nwoya, Omoro and Gulu, 1,627 were found
to have Cancer out of which 983 were female and 644 males.
The report also further stated that the top three types of Cancer which is more
common in Acholi Sub-Region are; cervical, prostate and breast.
Cancers killed 22,000 Ugandans in 2018. Early this year, Dr
Jackson Orem, the director of Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) said that
the high number of deaths was mainly due to late diagnosis.